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Cafe Essence

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17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9145 4470
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Aughnacloy, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time there and I was really impressed with the menu & the atmosphere. The food & service were both exceptional. It's bring your own for alcohol which is great price wise but a little dangerous as you don't want to carry any home 😂. Loved it 👍

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Thank ferneross
Bangor, Northern Ireland
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

This is my favorite restaurant in Bangor. The food is of a high standard which is maintained. I have been eating here for at least 7 years and whether it is just myself and my husband, or with a group of girls,the food is always exceptional. Would 100% recommend this place. I would love to see the owners taking on... More 

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Thank Pemu
Bangor, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

This lovely restaurant did not disappoint and all 10 of us had only smiles and full tummies at the end. The menu is varied and good value for the quality of the food. For years it was busy and you couldn't get in for trying, so I booked 3 months before to make sure. We celebrated our daughter's 18th upstairs... More 

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Thank emma c
Belfast, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

This was our first meal at cafe essence and it definitely won't be the last. Not going to digress just state that the food is amazing, fresh tastes, food cooked perfectly, lovely intimate restaurant with fantastic friendly staff. Tried the steak with lobster thermador which was excellent. My partner had rack of lamb, with trio of smoked fish to start.... More 

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Thank cazmal
Bangor, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

I have been here twice and on both occasions could not fault the food or the service. It is bring your own wine and the waiter was good enough to wait for our order till I rushed out to Asda to pick up a few bottles of wine. We were celebrating a birthday so handed the cake into the kitchen... More 

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Thank cyn d
N Ireland
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54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

My husband and I wanted to eat early one evening and chose Cafe Essence. We had a table in the corner by the window. Our orders were taken promptly and the food arrived soon after...mouthwateringly good! There was a super choice of dishes and our waiter was extremely friendly and helpful. As the restaurant allows you to bring your own... More 

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Thank blue047
Bangor, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

A really great restaurant especially if you are a fish lover. I had a lovely monkfish dish with a Portavogie prawn risotto and it was to die for . Both starter and main were generous portions so I didn't have a desert. However my husband had the home made chocolate cake which was also delicious. We both thoroughly enjoyed the... More 

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Thank Michelle J
Belfast, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2016

Fantastic food, steak night is exceptional value, steak, all the trimmings and sauce all included - excellent. Other specials and fish dishes available. Friendly staff very attentive and informative.

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Thank Heather D
Donaghadee, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016

There was a time when you would need to book a table 2 months or more in advance. Fish is the speciality and is on the specials board in various choices. Lobster in season is served in good portions and there is a good choice of other foods like venison duck steak. The blackened monkfish on a bed of risotto... More 

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Thank Recoupniltd R
Bangor, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016

Fantastic food and excellent service , couldn't fault it Fish dishes second to none , service with a smile , informative and very friendly , worth every penny .

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Thank Irene C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
British
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17A Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LF, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  County Down  >  Bangor
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9145 4470
Description
Cafe Essence is a Chef Owned local seafood restaurant. This means our focus is on food. We are committed to preparing only the finest dishes and serving you only the highest quality food to capture the essence of fine dining.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?